The Cancer Research UK London Winter Run is a 10k challenge through the heart of the capital, passing world famous landmarks, and instantly recognisable environments. During your run you will pass a number of larger than life winter characters, and live music performances, making this an unforgettable journey for runners of all abilities.

Since its first edition in 2015 in has proved hugely popular, receiving critical acclaim, and even sprouting a special summer edition in 2021.

The event is delivered in partnership with Cancer Research UK, and has already seen over 100,000 people take part and over 4 million raised for life-saving cancer research.

The next London event will take place on Sunday 13th February 2022, with many favourite aspects returning, and plenty of new fun.

About Volunteering

  • Location: Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5DN
  • When: 13th February 2022 (one off event)
  • To register: Click here and choose ‘Join the team’.

What will I be doing?

  • Meet and Greet – Ideally we would like you to have a good knowledge of London and how to get around so that you can advise and direct our participants & spectators on how to get to the Event Village from a particular tube station and how to get home for example.
  • Helping With The Management Of The Start – We need enthusiastic and friendly volunteers who can join our start team to motivate and inspire all of our runners before they set off on their 10k challenge. You will be required to communicate and help control the flow the thousands of runners to the start line so that they start in the right place and at the right time and with a smile on their face!
  • Welcoming Back Runners Into The Finish Area – We need all singing all dancing happy, cheering, loud volunteers to welcome our runners across the finish line and to congratulate them on their achievement. You will be adorning them with medals and making sure they get a well deserved hug from our Polar Bear Hug Squad!
  • Helping Out At The Bag Drop Off / Collection Area – This area needs to be looked after by a dedicated team of friendly, switched on volunteers who can help to run the bag drop area like clockwork!
  • Route Marshalling – You will be positioned at key points around the run route to help direct our runners in the right direction and all whilst cheering them on and keeping them motivated, so you will need to be loud and energetic no matter what the weather! You may also be located at key crossing points across the route to ensure that members of the public can safely cross the route. For this role you will need to be confident, friendly and be prepared to use your voice!.
  • Drinks Station – This is where our runners can grab a quick drink along the route and maybe a moments rest so we need a team of friendly, welcoming volunteers to support our runners when they need it most, and to keep them feeling positive and get them back running again.
What impact will this have?
  • The satisfaction of knowing that you are making a valuable contribution to the event that is helping to raise vital funds to support the life-saving work of Cancer Research UK.
  • The knowledge that you will have made a positive impact and provided invaluable support, improving the experience of participants and spectators.
  • The enjoyment of meeting new people and being a part of our team.
  • Your shift will be a maximum of 8 hours, but most will likely be shorter depending on the location and role you are given and the area in which you will work. A rough idea of shift times for the event will be from 07.00 – 14.00.
  • However, please note we will not know the exact shift timings until nearer the event date and so more accurate information will be given to you by the event volunteer team.
What else do I need to know?
  • The safety of our volunteers is very important to us therefore all volunteers will be looked after by a Team Leader or Volunteer Manager throughout the event. As this is an outdoor event, the majority of our Volunteers will be outside throughout the event. A full health and safety assessment of the event areas will be carried out, including COVID-19 specific assessments.
  • Whilst the outlook relating to the Coronavirus pandemic for the new year is positive. We will continue to closely monitor the latest guidance and put in place measures to protect our delivery team as needed.
  • In the event of needed to introduce COVID-secure measures for the safety of all involved and to ensure the event can take place in its usual format, we might need to extend the duration of the event and may ask volunteers if they can commit to an extended shift; if this scenario arises, we will notify volunteers with as much notice as possible.
  • We do not reimburse volunteer expenses for this role.
  • No background checks are required.

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